With recent safety guidelines in place due to COVID-19, the ability to support a remote workforce has transitioned from optional to necessary. To keep business moving, companies need a way to securely and efficiently provide remote workers with access to their systems and networks — ASAP.
One of the fastest ways to get your team up and running remotely is with Windows Virtual Desktop. Here’s what it is, why it’s beneficial, and how to get up and running quickly.
What is Microsoft Windows Virtual Desktop?
A virtual desktop is a centrally managed, secure, cloud-hosted desktop. Essentially, it delivers your usual computer desktop experience (icons, wallpaper, folders, toolbar, applications, etc.) to your device anywhere in the world—inside or outside of the office.
Microsoft’s Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) is built for Windows 10, optimized for Office 365, and hosted on Microsoft’s trusted Azure platform. It allows your team to work remotely on their computers, tablets (or even a phone in a pinch), just as if they were sitting at a desk in the office. They’ll have secure access to the internal privately-hosted data, tools, and apps they need to stay productive anytime, anywhere.
Windows Virtual Desktop can support access to both legacy applications and modernized, cloud-based applications, providing the ability to utilize the key systems necessary to stay operational remotely.
Windows Virtual Desktop Security
Understandably, security is top of mind for organizations with a dispersed workforce, and WVD makes security easier to manage. WVD offers the security of Microsoft Azure, which is trusted for crucial systems operating around the globe.
With WVD, your data never truly leaves your system, users work within a virtual window, and you retain proper guardrails, security, and compliance controls around the desktops, your systems, apps, and data. Data is stored in a virtual private network to ensure only your employees have access, with limited data paths to monitor and audit, eliminating the question about what type of data and traffic is traversing your employees’ VPN tunnels.
WVD gives IT administrators company-wide control over upgrades, allowing the ability to test patches and upgrades, push out security enhancements, and ensure everyone is operating on the latest software versions. Permissions are also simple for IT to configure, alter and manage remotely.
Efficiency Anywhere, On Any Device
WVD provides a familiar, single- or multi-session Windows 10 user experience across multiple devices, and it’s accessible on most operating systems. Clients are available for PC, Mac, iOS and Android devices, and a web client is also available, enabling access via most popular web browsers.
Your remote workers will be able to access the information and tools they need to do their job efficiently from anywhere, which is essential now more than ever, but the benefits extend beyond operating in a COVID-19 business environment.
Getting started with WVD now will kick-start your company’s cloud culture, boost technical agility, and create efficiencies to make you more agile moving forward. IT administrators will save time on both new configurations and ongoing support. Desktop environments can be added, removed or changed on the fly, and you’ll have a way to work with legacy applications as you step into your digitally transformed future.
How to Get Started with Windows Virtual Desktop Now
To get you up and running quickly, 10th Magnitude created a Windows Virtual Desktop QuickStart that targets everything you need for rapid deployment — from conducting a full readiness review and deploying core services to desktop configuration and ongoing management.
Our team is 100% USA-based, we’re award-winning Azure Expert Managed Service Providers, and we’re here to help you succeed in any way we can. Click here to view the QuickStart or contact us now to get started.
You may also be interested in reading Mitigate the Risks of Off-Shore Managed Services Amid COVID-19, to learn why USA-based managed services are a safer choice if you’re outsourcing support for your new Windows Virtual Desktop deployment.